Confession: I think of myself as not much of a Disney person; I have real issues with princesses. But I do love the not-princess-y movies: 101 Dalmations, Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, et cetera and so forth.
In retrospect, just about every character in Finding Nemo was perfectly fleshed out, and it’s difficult for me to think of any other movie that had such an emotionally gripping opening sequence. And, of course, Ellen DeGeneres is a joy in everything she does.
For the first time in a long time I think I’ll probably go see an animated film in the theater (rather than just making my oldest son to take his sister). Finding Dory looks like a fun time:
Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.
I just want to put out there that the voice of Idris Elba will also be in this movie, along with Bill Hader and Kate McKinnon. This information is relevant to my interests.
Finding Dory comes out on June 17th. You can get the kids hyped up by rewatching Finding Nemo, naturally (it’s available for streaming via Amazon Prime), and by printing out these Finding Dory coloring pages and activity sheets.